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Shall We Dance? (1996) More at IMDbPro »Shall we dansu? (original title)

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Shall We Dance? -- Shohei Sugiyama has attained all that he has wanted in life. But he is still depressed and unhappy. One day, he gathers up the courage to sign up for dancing lessons. He hopes they will rid his depression and help him get his life back together.
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Shall We Dance? -- A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons.

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Release Date:
11 July 1997 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He's an overworked accountant. She's an accomplished dancer. Passion is about to find two unlikely partners.
Plot:
A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
57 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A pleasing experience See more (95 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kôji Yakusho ... Shohei Sugiyama
Tamiyo Kusakari ... Mai Kishikawa

Naoto Takenaka ... Tomio Aoki
Eri Watanabe ... Toyoko Takahashi (as Eriko Watanabe)
Yu Tokui ... Tokichi Hattori
Hiromasa Taguchi ... Masahiro Tanaka
Reiko Kusamura ... Tamako Tamura
Hideko Hara ... Masako Sugiyama
Hiroshi Miyasaka ... Macho
Kunihiko Ida ... Teiji Kaneko
Amie Toujou ... Hisako Honda
Ayano Nakamura ... Chikage Sugiyama
Katsunari Mineno ... Keiri-kachô
Tomiko Ishii ... Haruko Haraguchi
Maki Kawamura ... Eiko Miyoshi
Takako Matsuzaka ... Fusako Fukube
Kôichi Ueda ... Torakichi Kumada
Mari Nishino ... Wakako Takahashi
Shûichirô Moriyama ... Ryo Kishikawa
Kyôko Kagawa ... Keiko Kishikawa
Robert Hoffman ... Tomodachi
Nanea Hoffman ... Tomodachi

Angelique Midthunder ... Dancer (as Angelique Roehm)
Paradise Yamamoto ... Band Leader
Hidekazu Tanaka ... Tokihiko Okada
Yôko Tanaka ... Yoko Kishikawa
Gorô Kataoka ... Jo Blues
Ren Ôsugi ... Sugiura - the Floor Manager
Yûdai Ishiyama ... Hama the Jitterbug
Hirotarô Honda ... Farewell Party Host

Masahiro Motoki ... Hiromasa Kimoto

Misa Shimizu ... Natsuko
Akira Emoto ... Toru Miwa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kiichiro Kawauchi

Directed by
Masayuki Suo 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Masayuki Suo 

Produced by
Yoichi Arishige .... associate producer
Kazuhiro Igarashi .... producer
Tetsuya Ikeda .... chief producer
Hiroyuki Kato .... producer
Shôji Masui .... producer
Shigeo Minakami .... assistant producer
Yûji Ogata .... producer
Shigeru Ohno .... producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma .... executive producer
Yasuharu Urushido .... producer
 
Original Music by
Yoshikazu Suo 
 
Cinematography by
Naoki Kayano 
 
Film Editing by
Jun'ichi Kikuchi 
 
Casting by
Tetsu Maeda 
 
Production Design by
Kyôko Heya 
 
Set Decoration by
Yoshihito Akatsuka 
 
Makeup Department
Mikiko Hayama .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Yoshino Sasaki .... production manager
Masamitsu Washizu .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hideaki Satô .... assistant director
Gen Yamakawa .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Dina Morrone .... group adr: english version
Kiyoshi Yoneyama .... sound editor
Kiyoshi Yoneyama .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tatsuya Osada .... lighting director
 
Editorial Department
David Hamme .... assistant colorist
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... conforming editor
 
Other crew
Christopher Gambale .... assistant to harvey weinstein
Howard Smith .... operator: remote head
Toshihisa Watai .... production coordinator
Toshio Watari .... choreographer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shall we dansu?" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild language
Runtime:
136 min | 119 min (cut version) (USA)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the first scene, a man's shoe in close-up plunges into a black pool in the street. This symbolizes the world renowned Ballroom Dancing Competition in Blackpool, England, referenced later in the film.See more »
Quotes:
Shohei Sugiyama:At my age, it's embarrassing to say so, but every day I feel so alive.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Save the Last Dance for MeSee more »

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40 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
A pleasing experience, 11 October 2004
Author: Ob_z from Hong Kong

I was so surprised when I saw this film so much underrated... I understand why some of you dislike this movie. Its pace is slow, a characteristic of Japanese films. Nevertheless, if you are absorbed in the film like me, you will find this not a problem at all.

I must say this is the best comedy I have ever seen. "Shall We Dansu?" is often considered a masterpiece of Japanese comedies. It is very different from Hollywood ones, e.g. Austin Powers or Scary Movies, in which a gag is guaranteed in every couple of minutes. Rather, it is light-hearted, a movie that makes you feel good.

I love the movie because it makes me feel "real". The plot is straightforward yet pleasing. I was so delighted seeing that Sugiyama (the main role) has found the meaning of life in dancing. Before I watched the film I was slightly depressed due to heavy schoolwork. I felt lost. However, this film made me think of the bright side of life. I believed I was in the same boat of Sugiyama; if he could find himself in his hobby, why couldn't I? It reminded me of "exploring my own future" and discovering the happiness in my daily life.

It is important to note that the actors are not professional dancers. While some of you may find the dancing scenes not as perfect as you expect, I kinda like it as it makes me feel that the characters are really "alive", learning to dance as the film goes on.

Over all, this film is encouraging and heart-warming. As a comedy, it does its job perfectly. It definitely deserves 10 stars.

And yes Aoki is funny :-D

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